Wednesday, May 25, 2011

SBIR/ Governor

A few days ago I wrote to you about a continuing resolution of the Small Business Innovative Research program and the Small Business Transfer program [SB 990]. I know this doesn't have an impact on most of you but to those receiving funds from these programs it is extremely important.

I would like to give you an update as I think you will find it fascinating how Washington works.

Last email I said the House was going to amend the 990 from a one year authorization to a four month authorization. This passed on a voice vote. It then went back to the Senate where there was some discussion of making it a one month authorization.

While this was going on there was the issue of the Patriot Act, which as I understand it, needed to be passed by the end of the month. So 990 got stripped of the language with the Continuing Resolution and became the Patriot Act. We are now down to one week with no vehicle at this point to do a Continuing Resolution.

If this sounds familiar an SBIR bill introduced last year got stripped and became the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell bill which was signed by the President

You can’t make this stuff up.

Jerry Brown has been in office almost 4 months. I am curious how the small business community of California feels about the job he is doing. What are your thoughts.

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

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